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Preparing Children for the Pressures of Divorce

Divorce can have a significant impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of a child. Even an amicable divorce can cause long-lasting changes to social behavior and educational development. Parents who prepare their children and themselves for the "ups and downs" of the divorce process are better equipped to move forward when the ink on the divorce decree is dry. The Role of … [Read more...]

Common Law Partners Have No Property Division Rights

The Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld a decision which deemed common-law marriages not valid in the state. Since 1979, common law marriage has not been legally recognized in Illinois, and despite significant changes to marriage and divorce laws, this continues to be the case. (Article continues below Infographic) ___ Common Law Marriages in Illinois In order to be legally married in … [Read more...]

How Domestic Violence Impacts Divorce in Illinois

Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on divorce in Illinois. Courts recognize that domestic violence impacts everyone in the home, even if they didn't suffer direct physical abuse. In divorce cases that involve domestic violence, a family lawyer often sees an impact on child custody and parental visitation decisions.. Child Custody In Illinois, the phrase … [Read more...]

Study Examines Factors for Non-payment of Child Support

A recent study found that the two primary reasons why non-residential parents refuse to pay child support are due to a lack of funds or because the residential parent did not allow the other parent to visit the child. This study is notable because, according to the author, it is the first (and perhaps only) study that delves into the reasons that underlie why fathers fail to pay child … [Read more...]

Ensuring Spousal Support According to the New IMDMA

Ensuring Spousal Support According to the New IMDMA The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has undergone significant changes in the past several years. Understanding these changes is extremely important, especially regarding spousal support. Spousal support, or alimony, can be ordered at a judge’s discretion. It is essential to have an experienced, knowledgeable family lawyer to … [Read more...]

How a 604(b) Custody Evaluation Works in Illinois

Judges in Illinois will sometimes order a 604.10(b) evaluation when they feel a mental health professional's evaluation of what is in the best interest of the child or children is needed. The evaluation goes beyond what is often done by a Guardian Ad Litem. The 604.10(b) evaluator will interview both parents and any children involved in the custody dispute. They may also conduct psychological … [Read more...]

Creating a Parenting Plan in Illinois

On January 1st, 2016, a variety of new laws pertaining to "child custody and visitation" became effective in the state of Illinois, and with them came an array of new terminology. Child custody became known as the "allocation of parental responsibilities," visitation transformed to the term "parenting time," and the term "parenting plan" effectively replaced "custody agreements," "parenting … [Read more...]

A Guide to Child Support in Illinois

When parents divorce or unmarried parents separate in the State of Illinois, the issue of child support is almost always inevitable. Unfortunately for many people, the matter of child support is uncharted territory and questions about what to expect are common. Since one of the most critical factors in any parental divorce or separation is the welfare of the children involved, understanding the … [Read more...]